Kings Pay Settlement To Luc Mbah A Moute

The Kings have given Luc Mbah a Moute a financial settlement stemming from the dispute over his voided contract with Sacramento this past offseason, Mbah a Moute said today to reporters, including Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links). The 29-year-old combo forward, now with the Clippers, wouldn’t disclose precisely how much the Kings paid him, other than to joke that it would be enough for a fast-food meal, Bolch notes.

The Kings contract was to have been a one-year deal worth $1.55MM, slightly more than the $1,270,964 seven-year veteran’s minimum salary he’s making on his one-year contract with the Clippers, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders. It’s unclear if the Kings deal would have included guaranteed salary. Mbah a Moute’s contract with the Clippers was originally non-guaranteed, but he won a spot in the starting lineup and the team kept him past Thursday, the last day the Clips could have waived him without guaranteeing his salary.

The National Basketball Players Association was reportedly poised to file a grievance regarding the voided contract this summer. Kings GM Vlade Divac cited a shoulder issue discovered during the team physical Mbah a Moute took after signing the contract as reason for nixing the deal. However, Mbah a Moute’s agents at the Wasserman Media Group and union officials pointed to independent medical examinations that showed he was clear to play, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported. Mbah a Moute received the medical OK to take part in an NBA exhibition in Africa on August 1st, about two weeks after the Kings voided the deal, and he dunked right after the tip in that game.

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